Pit Bull Recovers from Physical Abuse and Returns as a Service Dog

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Earlier this year, a pit bull was found wandering near a convenience store in Texas with a bloody head. She was named Kiah.

Rescuers tried to find out what really happened. Then they were faced with a shocking truth: she was hit with a hammer and was left to die.

The poor pooch was immediately taken to the nearby Kirby Animal Shelter, where she was given the care she needed until she fully recovered.

Because of her adorable personality, she immediately stole the hearts of people she met.

Kiah became among the millions of pit bulls that are currently homeless because of the widespread apprehension attached to the breed. Nevertheless, she still wanted to find a forever home.

Then fate stepped in. Brad Croft, who trains dogs for the military and law enforcement, visited the animal shelter. He usually goes to these places to search for abandoned canines that would make good police dogs. There he met Kiah. From the moment he saw her, he knew there was something special about the pup, so he decided to take a chance on her.

There was indeed something in Kiah. As a proof, she was accepted into the Universal K9 program on a police dog grant. Now she’s almost close to finishing her training in narcotics tracking and detecting.

All dogs are different: 'The breed isn't important,' said Brad Croft, who trains dogs for law enforcement and the military and found Kiah in a Texas animal shelter after her previous owner was arrested for animal cruelty. 'It's what's inside of the dog that's important' New member: Officer Justin Bruzgul runs with Kiah on an obstacle course at K9 school. Kiah, a two-and-a-half year old pit bull, will soon join the Poughkeepsie Police Department as a crime-fighting, drug-sniffing police dog, a move that advocates of the breed say will counter the stereotypical belief that pit bulls are dangerous 

 

 

Police officer Justin Bruzgul works with Kiah at K9 school in Stone Ridge, N.Y. 'She wants to work,' said Kiah's handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul. 'She's high-energy. Affectionate. I couldn't ask for a better partner.' Equal opportunity: Kiah was given to the department at no cost thanks to a partnership between Croft's company, San Antonio-based Universal K9, an Austin animal shelter and Animal Farm Foundation, a nonprofit based in New York's Dutchess County that works to ensure 'equal treatment and opportunity' for pit bulls. Not banned: In this November 4 photo, Kiah clears a hurdle on an obstacle course at K9 school. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there is no evidence that laws banning particular breeds reduce dog attacks

As soon as she graduates from the training school, Kiah will be one of the few pit bulls that will work as a police dog. She’s expected to work with her new handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul of the Poughkeepsie New York Police Department.

 

 

Bernice Clifford, Animal Farm's director of training, noted that the term 'pit bull' itself is misleading, since it is often applied to any dog with a muscular frame and block-shaped head. In this photo, Stacey Coleman, executive director of Animal Farm Foundation, poses with Josie at the SPCA in Hyde Park Police aptitude:  There's also little connection between a dog's breed and their aptitude for police work, according to George Carlson, the Ulster County sheriff's deputy who trained Kiah in Stone Ridge, New York. He said a dog's drive, energy and eagerness to please are more important factors

Kiah’s story is now making rounds on social media, banishing all sorts of canine stereotypes. In the near future, we’ll see more of her defending the world that once betrayed her.

Officer Bruzgul said of Kiah as a partner, “She wants to work. She’s high energy. Affectionate. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

 

 

Watch more of her story below.

 

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